Portuguese Wine


Portugal is best known for its fortified wines Madeira and Port. But there are also some outstanding examples of still wines, mostly from the north of the country where conditions are not as hot. The appellations are classified as D.O.C., Denominacao de Origem Controlada. 
Many factors contributed to what has become the modern Portuguese winemaking industry, such as the boom in Port shipping, the effects of the 19th century Phylloxera and oidium crisis and subsequent vine replantings and the rise of estates (quintas), not to mention joining the European Union in 1986.
The main still wine producing regions are the Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Vinho Verde, Terras do Sado and Alentejo. Much of the wine is produced with indigenous grape varietials, often with many in the blend, that give it distinct and delicious character. These include for whites: Loureiro, Arinto, Malvasia Fina and Alvarinho. For reds: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Aragones), Baga, Castelao and Trincadeira Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Portugal View all

  • Roriz

    The only classic variety of the Douro not indigenous to Portugal, Tinta Roriz is known in Spain, its birthplace, as T...

  • Trincadeira Preta

  • Periquita

  • Touriga Nacional

    History of the grape: Touriga Nacional is produced as a still table wine, but is also one of the most important grape...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Subregions of Portugal

  • Alentejo

      This region lies in southern Portugal, known mostly for its extracted, rich wines. The cli...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Madeira

    Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discov...

  • Vinho Verde

    This region in northern Portugal is known for its dry, refreshing, low alcohol and lightly spri...

  • Açores

  • Alenquer

Popular Wineries in Portugal View all

  • Caves Vidigal

    Vidigal Wines is a dynamic family-owned winery specializing in competitive Reserves from several ...

  • Quinta de Ventozelo

    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

  • Cockburn's Port

    Cockburn's (Coh-burns) was founded in 1815 and has grown to become one of the world's great port ...

  • Quinta do Vallado

    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

  • José Maria da Fonseca

    The largest expanses of Jose Maria da Fonseca vines are found in Setubal. each utilising appropri...

  • Casa Santos Lima

    Casa Santos Lima is situated in Alenquer, approximately 45 kms north of Lisbon, in a very traditi...

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Portugal on Snooth

  • Quinta de San Francisco 2010


    Don't let the price in euros fool you... this is not an 8 dollar wine. ... ... ramparts of Obidos Castle in Portugal (one of my decadent excursions to Europe), I chose this local wine of modest pretenses as an evening tipple. Opaque and full of coffee and cherry on the nose, this rich, smooth wine just hints of Ginja - the local cherry liqueu... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their ... taste - a Vinho Verde from Portugal, a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley Oregon (by far our favorite), and a sparkler Shiraz from Australia.  Here we purchased four bottles - two of the Pinot Noir, one of the Shiraz and the last one was a Cabernet Sauvignon from ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Passaros Alvarinho/Trajadura Moncao e melgaco in Vinhos Verdes 2013


    Lightly aromatic with a hint of floral spice on the nose followed by pithy citrus fruit aromas and some vaguely sweet fruity note along with hints of river stones and rosemary. Bright even tart on the palate with the faintest hint of trapped CO2 adding a bit lift to the lovely mineral, lemon and lime zest flavors. the backend picks up a little ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pouco Comum Alvarinho 2013


    Intensely perfumed on the nose, this shows a muscatty floral and spice accent to the core of lemon drop and vaguely tropical guava tinged fruit. Floral on entry as well, and then both quier acid driven but also perhaps with just enough RS to adds some roundness and support the fruit on the plate. the flavors run towards the sweet and creamy end ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Raza Vinho Verde DOC 2013


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Dom Diogo Padeiro Vinho Verde DOC 2013


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Vallado Touriga Nacional Rose-Douro Portugal Douro 2013


    Earthy and savory on the nose with hints of pepper and prosciutto fat lurking under floral framed red berry fruit. Pretty full on entry, if just a bit loose on the palate. this delivers plenty of easy and approachable berry and plum fruit backed up with hints of violet florals and nice, gently dusty tannins. This really is quite tasty still, and... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Vera Vinho Verde Rose 2013


    A little candied and lightly spicy on the nose this really does its thing in the mouth where it retain enough trapped CO2 from fermentation to be modestly spritzy. Its dry, light weight, though with a hint of tannin adding texture, and fairly simple with a fruit, cherry, raspberry profile that has just a hint of something tropical too it and eno... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Graham's Port Late Bottled Vintage 2008


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    Wine review by Ennis1

  • Casal Garcia Vinho Verde 2012


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • I love the wines and the people in Portugal.. they are trully wonderful, beautiful, loving and sincere people. Have a couple great friends that I have met on a social site. Known them for two years just chatting and talking on live chats. We have a good friendship. MAUH... abracos y beijos ;)

    Comment by 1121846didi 1121846 didi

  • it has fine wines to many for me to remember

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  • espiga wine please

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    Comment by 355028JOJOBO 355028 JOJOBO

  • i love the countrys history and they have good food great wine

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